BUGA Pavilions in Heilbronn

Biomimetic Designs


The combination of biomimetics, computer design, and robotic construction continues to bear fruit, waiting for the moment that it becomes a more or less feasible model to apply in everyday architecture. This is demonstrated by the two pavilions that have gone up in the German city of Heilbronn for the National Garden Show (BUGA), following designs jointly prepared by two organisms at the University of Stuttgart which have been pioneers in this particular field: the Institute for Computational Design and Construction (ICD) and the Institute of Building Structures and Structural Design (ITKE). The first pavilion, made of fiber, took inspiration from the wings of beetles and was carried out with reinforced plastics; the second one, made of wood, evokes the plate skeleton of a sea urchin, and stretches a total of thirty meters without need for pillars.

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